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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, not the holidays. Well, yes, the holidays too, but more importantly, 2021-22 college football bowl season.

Sure, we love regular-season football but there’s something special about bumming around in a onesie snowed under or iced in on lazy days, eating all the food, drinking all the drink and watching college football.

Bowl games are scheduled to start Friday, December 17, and continue through to the College Football Playoff National Championship game on Monday, January 10.

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Bowl Season is here

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Here are some tips and college football bowl betting trends to help steer you in the right direction, whether it's the Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl, or Cotton Bowl.

Things To Look Out For In Bowl Game Bets

Players Not Playing In Bowl Games

There’s still some time until bowl games begin, leaving an unfortunate opportunity for player injuries to occur. Before placing a wager, check Odds Shark’s injury report on a specific game’s matchup page to make sure there haven’t been any recent injuries to key players.

Coaches Leaving, Players Opting Out

Handicapping bowl games can be tough this time of year because of changes in personnel and players opting to sit. If a coach has had a great season, he may end up being snagged by another school. Perhaps the departure of an assistant coach doesn’t have a direct impact but now is the time of year we see hires and fires. How do coaching changes impact the players? It’s something to consider.

It’s also the time of year that players opt to sit out of bowl games if they plan to make a run at getting picked up in the NFL. Familiar names from the past who’ve done this include LSU’s Leonard Fournette and Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey. Keep a lookout as the game you’re targeting approaches.

Suspensions

It happens. It’s something you definitely don’t handicap for, so just do a quick search beforehand to confirm that no sudden suspensions have occurred. Past seasons saw four Nevada players issued suspensions after a fight following a loss to UNLV, while players from Alabama and Clemson were dealt one-year suspensions after failing a drug test.

College Football Bowl Guide Betting Trends

As always, NCAAF bowl trends aren’t a be-all and end-all of information but CFB bowl trends can help you finalize a play or at least help keep you off a game. Here are some NCAA football bowl trends to consider before placing your bets.

Top 10 Most ATS Wins (Bowl Games)
Team Wins
Wisconsin 14
Georgia 14
Iowa 13
Florida State 13
Oregon 13
LSU 13
Nebraska 12
Marshall 12
Clemson 12
Boise State 12
Top 10 Most ATS Losses (Bowl Games)
Team Losses
West Virginia 17
Michigan 14
Virginia Tech 13
Miami 12
Kansas State 12
Oklahoma 12
Clemson 12
Auburn 12
Louisville 11
Texas A&M 11

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Top 10 Most OVERS (Bowl Games)
Team OVERS
Florida 15
Michigan 15
West Virginia 13
Virginia Tech 12
Texas Tech 11
Florida State 11
North Carolina State 11
Virginia 10
Tennessee 10
USC 10
Top 10 Most UNDERS (Bowl Games)
Team UNDERS
Clemson 18
Ohio State 14
Georgia 14
Wisconsin 14
Miami 14
Virginia Tech 13
Texas 13
Oklahoma State 12
Oklahoma 12
Arkansas 12
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Bowl Season is here

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NCAAF Bowl Betting Trends Last 5 Seasons

College Football Bowl Trends (SU/ATS/OVER)
Bowl Game Favorite SU Favorite ATS OVER Record
Bahamas Bowl 4-1 (80.0%) 3-2 (60.0%) 2-3 (40.0%)
Cure Bowl 1-4 (20.0%) 1-4 (20.0%) 2-3 (40.0%)
Boca Raton Bowl 4-1 (80.0%) 4-1 (80.0%) 3-2 (60.0%)
New Mexico Bowl 3-2 (60.0%) 2-3 (40.0%) 2-3 (40.0%)
Independence Bowl 3-2 (60.0%) 2-3 (40.0%) 4-1 (80.0%)
LendingTree Bowl 3-2 (60.0%) 1-4 (20.0%) 3-2 (60.0%)
New Orleans Bowl 5-0 (100.0%) 4-1 (80.0%) 3-2 (60.0%)
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl 3-2 (60.0%) 2-3 (40.0%) 4-1 (80.0%)
Armed Forces Bowl 4-1 (80.0%) 3-2 (60.0%) 4-1 (80.0%)
Gasparilla Bowl 5-0 (100.0%) 4-1 (80.0%) 2-3 (40.0%)
Hawaii Bowl 2-3 (40.0%) 3-2 (60.0%) 3-2 (60.0%)
Camellia Bowl 3-2 (60.0%) 2-3 (40.0%) 1-4 (20.0%)
Quick Lane Bowl 3-2 (60.0%) 2-3 (40.0%) 3-2 (60.0%)
Military Bowl 4-1 (80.0%) 3-2 (60.0%) 5-0 (100.0%)
Birmingham Bowl 4-1 (80.0%) 3-2 (60.0%) 2-2-1 (50.0%)
First Responder Bowl 5-0 (100.0%) 2-2-1 (50.0%) 2-2-1 (50.0%)
Liberty Bowl 2-3 (40.0%) 1-4 (20.0%) 2-3 (40.0%)
Holiday Bowl 1-4 (20.0%) 1-4 (20.0%) 3-2 (60.0%)
Guaranteed Rate Bowl 4-1 (80.0%) 4-1 (80.0%) 1-4 (20.0%)
Pinstripe Bowl 2-3 (40.0%) 2-3 (40.0%) 2-3 (40.0%)
Cheez-It Bowl 4-1 (80.0%) 4-1 (80.0%) 1-4 (20.0%)
Alamo Bowl 3-2 (60.0%) 2-3 (40.0%) 2-3 (40.0%)
Mayo Bowl 3-2 (60.0%) 2-3 (40.0%) 3-2 (60.0%)
Music City Bowl 4-1 (80.0%) 3-2 (60.0%) 3-2 (60.0%)
Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl 3-2 (60.0%) 2-3 (40.0%) 2-3 (40.0%)
Las Vegas Bowl 3-2 (60.0%) 3-2 (60.0%) 2-3 (40.0%)
Orange Bowl 4-1 (80.0%) 2-3 (40.0%) 4-1 (80.0%)
Cotton Bowl 5-0 (100.0%) 4-0-1 (100.0%) 2-3 (40.0%)
TaxSlayer Gator Bowl 4-1 (80.0%) 2-3 (40.0%) 1-4 (20.0%)
Sun Bowl 5-0 (100.0%) 3-2 (60.0%) 1-4 (20.0%)
Arizona Bowl 3-2 (60.0%) 3-2 (60.0%) 2-3 (40.0%)
Outback Bowl 1-4 (20.0%) 1-4 (20.0%) 2-2-1 (50.0%)
Citrus Bowl 3-2 (60.0%) 4-1 (80.0%) 2-3 (40.0%)
Fiesta Bowl 4-1 (80.0%) 4-1 (80.0%) 2-3 (40.0%)
Rose Bowl 4-1 (80.0%) 1-4 (20.0%) 3-2 (60.0%)
Sugar Bowl 3-2 (60.0%) 3-2 (60.0%) 1-4 (20.0%)
Texas Bowl 2-3 (40.0%) 1-4 (20.0%) 3-2 (60.0%)
Championship Game 3-2 (60.0%) 2-2-1 (50.0%) 5-0 (100.0%)

Myrtle Beach Bowl only goes back to 2020

Frisco Bowl only goes back to 2017

Best College Bowl Betting Guide Tips

There are a million ways to handicap bowl games, but make sure to also look at the weather. Not every game is in a sunny place like Florida or the Bahamas (though they should be).

You could also consider motivation as a factor. Although there is no metric for motivation, you could go off the simple idea that this is a college football team’s first bowl and they’ll give it everything they’ve got.

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And remember, the books are required to put a line on every single game but that does not mean you have to place a bet on every single game. Be selective and always remember to practice bankroll management. Football is almost over – let’s not go crazy with these last games of the college football season.

For more bowl-specific betting tips, be sure to follow our Best Bets Blog that we'll be updating throughout bowl season.

College Bowl Season Betting Guide FAQ

How many college football bowl games are there?

There are 42 college football bowl games in 2021-22. NCAAF bettors typically bet on the Sugar Bowl, the Rose Bowl, the Fiesta Bowl, the Peach Bowl, the Cotton Bowl, and the Orange Bowl. Common NCAA football bowl game betting lines include a wide variety of wagers such as outrights and NCAAF bowl game OVER/UNDERs.

What is the schedule for the college football bowl games?

The schedule for the college football bowl games begins on Friday, December 17, 2021 with the Bahamas Bowl which features Toledo and Middle Tennessee State at Thomas Robinson Stadium, and runs until Tuesday, January 4, 2022 with the Texas Bowl which is between LSU and Kansas State at NRG Stadium.

Where can I watch college football bowl games?

CFB bettors can watch 2021-22 college football bowl games on a number of different television networks. Depending on which NCAA football bowl game you would like to watch, you are able to tune in to NCAAF bowl games live across the likes of ESPN, ESPN2, CBS, ABC, as well as FOX.